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Witness appeal following suspicious incident in Weymouth

Detectives investigating an incident involving a man taking hold of a scooter and then taking hold of the arm of a girl in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

At 8.08pm on Wednesday 29 June 2022 Dorset Police received a report of the incident, which occurred in Chickerell Road near to East Street in Chickerell, around 20 minutes earlier. It was reported that a man had taken hold of a 12-year-old girl’s scooter and then her arm.

The girl managed to run away from the scene. She did not sustain any injuries.

The man involved is described as aged in his 20s, around five feet seven inches tall and of medium build. He was wearing a black hooded top and blue jeans, as well as black gloves.

Detective Inspector Dave Horn, of Weymouth CID, said: “At this time we cannot say for certain what this man’s motives were, however, we fully appreciate reports of this nature are likely to cause concern for the local community.

“This incident is the subject of a full investigation by detectives and local officers, and I would urge anyone with information that might assist our enquiries to please come forward.

“I would also ask anyone who was driving in the area around the relevant time and has dashcam fitted to their vehicle, or any residents with home CCTV systems or doorbell cameras, to please check their footage for anything of relevance.

“There will be an increased police presence in the vicinity as we carry out enquiries and local officers will also be conducting additional patrols for community reassurance. Officers can be approached by anyone with information or concerns.

“We are continuing to update the victim and her family with the progress of our investigation and are doing all we can to support them.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/contact, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220104311. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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